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$3.5T bill is going on a diet

U.S. CAPITOL building, the seat of Congress, in Washington, D.C. (Wikipedia photo).

It’s turning out that President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion social spending package is more than Congress –even with Democratic control of the Senate and the House of Representatives – is willing to approve.

According to, a reduction is expected in order to retain the support of moderate Democrats. The amount of the package is tied to proposed increases in taxation; the smaller the increase the smaller the bill.

Jockeying for the bill may also delay passage of Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the news agency is reporting.

Democrats can pass both without any Republican votes, but only if they have no defections. The Senate is split 50-50, but Vice President Kamala Harris can break the tie. In the House, the Democrats have an edge of 220 to 212.

“Crown,” “Ted Lasso” score big at the Emmys

“THE CROWN” for 24 Emmy nominations.

As expected, the 73rd annual Emmy television awards bestowed most of their top honors on “The Crown,” and “Ted Lasso.”

“Crown” was crowned as Best Drama Series and the top dramatic acting honors went to Josh O’Conner and Olivia Colman. Best comedy honors went to “Lasso,” which also roped in Emmys for Best Comedy Actor for Jason Sudekis and Best Comedy Actor and Actress for Brett Goldstein and Hannad Waddingham.

Jean Smart won for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in “Hacks.” For Best Limited Series, “The Queen’s Gambit” was the winner.

Overall, the big winner was Netflix, which picked up 44 awards, tying a record set in 1974 by CBS.

Sports: Rams win tight game, Chargers don’t

In a tight back-and-forth game, the Los Angeles Rams (now 2-0) defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 as Matt Gay kicked a 38-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter on Sunday. Matt Stafford passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns, both of them to Cooper Kupp. For the Colts, Carson Wentz threw for 247 yards and a TD before he was knocked out in the game with a leg injury late in the fourth.

The Chargers (1-1) lost a close one, falling 20-17 to the Dallas Cowboys on a 56-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein as time expired. Justin Herbert passed for 338 yards and a TD but was intercepted twice.

On Sunday, the Angels lost 3-2 to the Oakland Athletics in 10 innings as their record fell to 72-77. Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 A’s batters and walked three in eight innings. The Dodgers beat the Reds 8-5 and the Giants lost 3-0 to Atlanta, allowing the Blue Crew to cut San Francisco’s lead in the National League West to one game.

Weather: Sun is building momentum

The Eighties are making a comeback this week. Monday should see the daytime high in the West Orange County area hitting 83, with an overnight low of 65. The temperature will rise to 85 on Tuesday, and then 91 on Wednesday. Mostly sunny skies are predicted. In coastal Huntington Beach, temps will be seven to eight degrees cooler.

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